It has been rumored for years, but now even Reuters claims that Samsung is killing the Galaxy Note. Samsung’s big screen, stylus-packed phone has struggled for years to differentiate itself from the Galaxy S line, and with the advent of foldable phones, Samsung apparently no longer has room for redundant tablet phones. Reuters says that “the South Korean technology giant has no plans to develop a new version of the Galaxy Note for 2021
In the early days, the Note line led the charge towards ever larger screen sizes, but for many years the Note has struggled to justify its existence compared to the main line Galaxy S series, which will be released earlier this year. Typically, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note have similar specifications, similar screen sizes and similar designs, leaving only a pen as the defining feature of the note. We usually skip looking at the note line because there is nothing to say in relation to the S-phone that was released earlier this year, and every year you will see calls from different outlets to kill the note because it just has nothing new to do. offer.
Reuters claims that the Galaxy Note’s only defining feature, stylus support, is actually being transferred to other devices. The report says that the S21 “will have a pen” and “the next version of Samsung’s foldable phone” (we assume this means Galaxy Z Fold 3) “will be compatible with a stylus.”
It is important to understand the difference between a storable stylus and “stylus compatible.” The Galaxy Note line comes with a storage pen, which means that a large part of the body is hollowed out so that the pen can be stored inside the phone. There are already renderings of the Galaxy S21 out there based on CAD files sent to case manufacturers, and there is no hole in the phone for a storable pen. If we want to do Reuters reporting and the renderings agree, it sounds like Samsung will sell a compatible pen with the Galaxy S21, but you have nowhere to store it.
The upside of not having pen storage is that hollowing out the phone costs a bit in the driving time department, since free space in a phone is usually filled with battery. Keep in mind that this year’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy S20 Ultra both have 6.9-inch screens, but the S20 Ultra has a 500mAh battery advantage over the Note (5000mAh versus 4500mAh), thanks to the fact that you do not need to store the pen.
The note launches towards the end of the year have mainly only made sense from a marketing standpoint: the Galaxy S line will be released at the beginning of the year, as soon as Qualcomm’s new SoCs are ready, and when the holidays roll around with new iPhones and other competition, Samsung will not send a nine-month-old phone into the fight. Producing a new phone model, even though it is almost identical to the model from nine months earlier, gives the technology giant a new round of news coverage, campaigns and other attention it otherwise would not have received.
With the advent of foldable smartphones, Samsung’s “flagship” series doubled in size last year. In addition to the regular Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20, there was the phone / tablet hybrid, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and a foldable flip phone, Galaxy Z Flip. These two new models really offer differentiation over the Galaxy S line, and with the more crowded lineup, it makes sense to kill the Note line in favor of raising the Galaxy Fold as the main holiday phone.